ICT and Digital Economy CS, Eliud Owalo, has officially confirmed a recent hack on the government services platform eCitizen.
Addressing the issue on Thursday July 27, Owalo assured that the government is actively working to halt the attack and is also focused on finding a lasting solution to prevent future attacks.
“We acknowledge that there was an attack, and we are taking steps to address it comprehensively. Our approach is not just to implement short-term fixes for the current situation, but to establish a robust risk mitigation framework for sustainable digitalization,” Owalo stated.
The Cs Confirmed that during the attack, no sensitive data was accessed or lost.
The hackers’ strategy involved flooding the website with an excessive number of unusual requests, which caused the system to slow down. However, the authorities managed to handle the situation promptly and prevent any data breaches.
“We were successful in handling the attack, and I can confirm that no data has been compromised. Our focus now is on fortifying our digital infrastructure and ensuring that the public can access government services without interruption,” Owalo explained.
Despite the recent incident, the Cs reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the digitalization initiative.
“While this attack may not be uncommon in the global context, we are prepared to face these challenges head-on. Our priority is to implement a detailed risk mitigation framework,” added the CS.
The government has developed a diverse team to proactively analyse global cyber security trends, which the CS highlighted as part of efforts to further strengthen the country’s cyber security capabilities.
To safeguard the stability of the country’s digital infrastructure, this group will research and implement effective risk mitigation strategies based on international best practises for countering cyber threats.
This week, Kenyans began reporting being unable to use eCitizen, raising concerns of a cyber attack on the system.